Trip Start Jun 24, 2010
19Trip End Jul 12, 2010
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In the morning we visited Buckingham Palace. We watched the famous changing of the guard.
Buckingham Palace is the residence and office of the Queen. It is one of the only remaining royal palaces. There are nineteen staterooms. The palace has over 600 rooms, and a throne room. There are paintings by famous artists like Rembrandt. The house was originally built in 1705 by the duke of Buckingham. In 1761, King George III bought the home. In 1826, King George IV had the house expanded.
For lunch we joined Henry VIII for a Medieval Banquet lunch.
Next we visited the Tower of London. It served as a prison and held such famous prisoners as Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh. The Tower of London is the oldest building used by the government. The tower served as a prison, fortress and palace. The crown jewels have been stored there since 1303. Construction began in 1078 with the White Tower built by William the Conqueror.
We toured the oldest tower and viewed armor and artifacts from England's monarchy. After I toured the crown jewels. Finally I walked the perimeter of the fort on the castle walls.
Later in the day we took a cruise on the River Thames. There were views of bridges, Big Ben, Parliament and more.
At night we visited the theater district and saw a performance of Sister Act.